Homer Alaska - Schools

Story last updated at 3:45 PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

School Events

Student news

Travis Kyle Catron of Homer is one of 130 cadets to graduate from the Alaska Military Youth Academy at Buckner Physical Fitness Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 10 a.m. Friday. The guest speaker will be U.S. Congressman Don Young. Upon graduation the cadets take part in a yearlong post-residential phase where they return to their communities to enter the workplace, continue their education either in high school or higher education or enter the military.

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District


Today: Deadline to participate in an online community survey regarding the districts strategic plan. Visit www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

March 5: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.

March 9: Inservice; no classes.

March 12-16: Spring break.


March 6: Ice skating party at Kevin Bell Arena. All home-schooling families are welcome. Bring skates or use some at the rink; refreshments will be provided; free admission; 1:30-3 p.m.

March 12-16: Homer Connections office closed for spring break.

Fireweed Academy, grades K-2

March 2: Visit from Dr. Marleys dentist office.

March 5, 6 and 8: Swim lessons at Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center; more info to come.

March 7: Structures Expo 2012 at Big Fireweed, 1-3 p.m.

March 8: Last day before spring break.

Fireweed Academy, grades 3-6

Thursdays: After school cross-country skiing.

March 7: Structures Expo 2012, 1-3 p.m.

March 9: Teacher inservice; no school.

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

March 8: Site council, 3 p.m.

Ninilchik School

March 6-7: Science Fair.

Paul Banks Elementary School

March 2: Dr. Seuss Day.

March 2: PTA movie night.

March 6: PTA meeting.

March 7: Site council.

West Homer Elementary School:

March 2: Writers Fair, all work will be displayed with art in the gym.

March 2: Writers Fair, mornings, students read writings.

Through March 3: Volleyball, 3:20-5 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.

March 6: PTO meeting, 4:45 p.m.

March 6: Site council, 4 p.m.

student opportunities

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and American Legion Boys State

Applications for Girls State and Boys State (one-week, hands-on government leadership camp for high school juniors) should be turned into school counselors by April 4. Interviews will be held in mid April. The Leadership Camp for Girls State is June 10-16; Boys State is the first week in June. Contact Darlene, 235-6789, or the post at 235-8864 for more information and/or applications.

Youth Rally

Homer Electric Association is offering scholarships to the annual Youth Rally in Caldwell, Idaho. Applications are available at www.homerelectric.com. Deadline for entries is April 2.

Student scholarships available

The Alaska State Fair is currently accepting applications for its 2012 scholarships. All Alaska junior and senior high school students planning to attend college or vocational school are eligible to apply. Applications should be mailed or hand-delivered to the Alaska State Fair, 2075 Glenn Highway, Palmer, Alaska 99645, and must be received by 4 p.m. April 20. For more information, visit www.alaskastatefair.org.

The following scholarships are made available by the American Legion Auxiliary to high school seniors and people going back to school: The Homer American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships, deadline is April 12; the National Presidents Scholarship, deadline today; the Western District Auxiliary Scholarship, deadline today; the Auxiliary Spirit of Youth Scholarship, $1,000, deadline today.

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges announced a $1,000 scholarship for a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university. Applicants must either be conducting research or serving in an internship or volunteer program that supports the conservation of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge system. Applications must be submitted by today. An application and detailed instructions can be found at www.alaskarefugefriends.org.

Homer Electric Association will award a number of academic or vocational scholarships in 2012. They are available to high school seniors from each of HEAs three district, as well as adults wishing to continue their education. Applications are available online at www.homerelectric.com, at HEA offices in Homer and Kenai, and at Kenai Peninsula Borough schools. Recipients will be presented with their scholarship award at HEAs annual meeting at Homer High School on May 3. The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m. today.

The Homer Foundation has announced that applications are available for 2012 scholarships: The Alain and Daniel Rieser Scholarship for foreign language study/travel; Homer Community Science Scholarship supporting post-secondary education in the life sciences; Health Care Providers Scholarship supporting students serious in pursuing a career in health care; Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime Scholarship supporting students of fishing families and/or students wishing to pursue a career in Alaskas maritime industry; Diane Wambach Shoot for the Stars Scholarship supporting educaton and training for young people with a plan to pursue their dreams; Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic Scholarship supporting students with outstanding academic achievements and a strong work ethic; Beluga Tail / Tale Writing Scholarships that provide awards in both creative and nonfiction writing. Applications may be requested via mail, phone or email, picked up at the Homer Foundation or Homer High School counselors office or downloaded from the Foundations website at www.homerfund.org, click on forms. The deadline for all applications is 4 p.m. April 19.

KBEA, the Kenai Borough Employees Association, scholarship committee is currently accepting applications for three scholarships of $500 each. The scholarships are available to all 2012 graduated of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, including public schools, private schools and homeschooled. Applications and instructions are available from any borough high school counselors office or on the web, www.borough.kenai.ak.us. Applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 30. Applications can be mailed or dropped off at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna, AK 99669.